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The Minister Resident in Iraq (Knabenshue) to the Secretary of State

74. New Regent called upon Gailani to form new government and his Cabinet will probably be announced tomorrow. British legal adviser to Iraq Ministry of Justice tells me that inasmuch as the King or Regent or Council of Ministers only are authorized to assemble Parliament the Assembly yesterday called by a group which had seized power was unconstitutional but that the measure taken by Parliament after assembly, although open to some question, followed constitutional procedure.